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Spring 2015
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Professor Robert Sedlack Receives 2015 Sheedy Award
Robert Sedlack ’89, professor of visual communication design in Notre Dame’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design, has been named the winner of the 2015 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. Read More >


Notre Dame Continues Record Success with NEH Fellowships
Two faculty members—Laura Dassow Walls and Sophie White—have been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for 2015. Since 1999, Arts and Letters faculty members have been awarded 53 total NEH grants—more than any other university in the country. Read More >


Arts and Letters Launches New Program in Design Thinking
In fall 2015, the College of Arts and Letters will launch a new Collaborative Innovation program that focuses on the principles of design thinking—a powerful approach for solving real-world problems. Read More >


Fraga, Matovina to Co-Direct Institute for Latino Studies
Luis Ricardo Fraga, a pioneer in the field of Latino politics, and Timothy Matovina, a leading expert on Latino Catholicism, have been appointed co-directors of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, effective July 1, 2015. Read More >


Notre Dame Awarded $3 Million NIH Grant to Study Social Networks and Health
Is physical activity a factor in how friendships are formed? Do social circles influence a person’s health and fitness choices? A team of Notre Dame researchers hopes to explore those questions with the help of smartphone apps and wearable technology devices. Read More >


Video: Uncovering the Ancient City of Butrint
“We’re here to look for treasure,” said David Hernandez, director of the Butrint Archaeological Research Project. “And I think of this as an intellectual treasure, really, and a cultural treasure. It’s a very special city.” Read More >


Professor Wins Prestigious Whiting Writers Award
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, assistant professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of English, has joined a prestigious group of writers that includes Jonathan Franzen, Alice McDermott, and David Foster Wallace. Read More >


Video: Alumni Attest to the Value of a Liberal Arts Education
Arts and Letters graduates find success in a variety of professions, across the country and around the world. “I was involved in and ran our recruiting effort at Goldman Sachs for a number of years,” said Bob Conway ’66, senior director for The Goldman Sachs Group, London. “An art history major was as valuable to me as a finance major.” Read More >


Glynn Scholar Abby Davis Focuses on Global Migration
From Latvia to Chile, international experiences have become part of daily life for junior Abby Davis, a political science major in Notre Dame’s Glynn Family Honors Program.  Read More >


Ph.D. Student Explores Digital Potential in Humanities Research
Douglas Duhaime, a Ph.D. student in Notre Dame’s Department of English, is busy expanding the possibilities of humanities research in the digital realm. Very busy. While embarking upon a dissertation project that will use computational models to improve our understanding of early modern book culture, Duhaime has also taken a position with ProQuest, a global information content and technology company, to develop a text and data mining service for researchers.
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Notre Dame Produces Liam Neeson-Narrated Documentary on Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising

Video: David Gibson on the Sociology of Deception and Long-Term Lies

Record Year in Placements for Political Science Graduate Program

New Economics Faculty Bring Diverse Expertise

Anthropologist Meredith Chesson Wins NEH Grant

Senior Alex Genord Builds on Experiences Abroad

Notre Dame Sociologists to Lead American Sociological Association’s Flagship Journal

Video: Tom Tweed on
the History of Religion
in America

SLA Program Offers Immersive Language and Cultural Experience

Q&A with Economist Beth Munnich

Anthropologist Deb Rotman Awarded Fulbright

Video: Philosophy Graduate Student Amy Seymour

Human Dignity and Other Lessons from Alumna Kristen Kelly

Video: Medieval Studies Ph.D. Student Katie Bugyis

History Ph.D. Alumna Awarded Dissertation Prize

Notre Dame to Host 2016 Exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio

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